Position Title: Program Manager- Climate, Resources Legacy Fund (RLF)

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Location: This position may be based in the Sacramento office, or may be remote with travel to Sacramento at least quarterly.

Organization Overview

Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) builds alliances that advance bold solutions to secure a just and resilient world for people and nature. As both a funder and a grantee, building alliances is at the heart of what we do. We partner with philanthropy, community groups, government, science, and business to promote smart policies and ensure equitable public funding for the environment, climate change resilience, and healthy communities. Across the American West and internationally, we manage complex, multi-year grantmaking programs and fiscally sponsor projects that accelerate change on environmental and equity issues. We believe strategic philanthropy and thoughtful partnerships can achieve enduring, equitable outcomes at scale for land protection, ocean conservation, resilient communities, healthy watersheds, and parks access.

Since RLF’s founding 20+ years ago, we have partnered with philanthropies to protect more than five million acres and generated more than $30 billion in new public funding for land and ocean conservation, equitable outdoor access, and climate resilience. Our work has taught us that conservation does not advance in a bubble. Its success is integrally tied to social equity, community health, economic opportunity, and a strong democracy. To safeguard our achievements to date and help prepare a favorable environment to face the daunting threat of climate change, we helped launch two partner organizations: Fund for a Better Future (FBF) and Shared Ascent Fund (SAF) to work in the intersecting areas of democracy, environment, health, and equity.

We are a core team of approximately 50 people in 7 states, with the majority based in the Sacramento, California region. We also have staff across the country working on more than 25 fiscally sponsored projects that span the globe.

To learn more about Resources Legacy Fund, visit https://resourceslegacyfund.org

Position Summary

The Program Manager is responsible for development and management of projects and campaigns for philanthropic programs that address climate change by advancing equitable policies and funding and supporting inclusive and effective constituencies that build climate resilience and leadership. RLF currently manages several climate-related programs that aim to build climate resilience; protect biodiversity; promote improvements in transportation, housing, and land use; and bolster climate leadership in California and across the United States.

This position reports to a Program Officer and is exempt; its duties include:

  • Assist in crafting and implementing strategies, tactics, and approaches to advance program objectives, which may include grantmaking, policy analysis, research, communications, coalition-building, and advocacy.
  • Manage a portfolio of grants and contracts and coordinate with other staff in managing program budgets. Assist in refining grantmaking strategies, designing grants and contracts, conducting due diligence, and working with potential grantees and contractors to develop proposals.
  • Manage day-to-day contact with grantees and consultants to support RLF projects and partnerships. Help design and oversee monitoring and evaluation of the results of select projects and program elements.
  • Remain current on emerging issues and trends in climate, adaptation and resilience, and climate equity fields.
  • Perform research and analysis, and prepare documents as requested. Ensure the accuracy and quality of written products.
  • Assist in creating dockets and appropriate materials for presentations to the Board, partners, and funders.
  • Ensure program administration, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation is conducted in a manner that meets program criteria.
  • Undertake special projects as assigned.


Note: These qualifications are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, so if you have 75% of the qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply.  Experience can include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work that helped you to build the competencies, knowledge, and skills needed for this position. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience (3+ years) in climate policy and programs, climate adaptation and resilience issues, and/or related experience with campaigns, political strategy, and strategic communications. An advanced degree in a related field is desired. The ideal candidate is comfortable with and eager to work within a complex policy, stakeholder, and political space, and is familiar with the environmental challenges and opportunities facing California and the West today.

The ideal candidate is a strong communicator with exceptional composition skills and the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources into lucid, cohesive, and succinct written work products that are customized to intended audiences. They have excellent interpersonal skills, collaborate well with others, and can represent and speak on behalf of RLF with audiences including policymakers, donors, grantees, and consultants. The candidate is a creative and flexible self-starter who can anticipate and respond rapidly to changing priorities, objectives, and situations. This position requires the ability to perform responsibilities with good judgment, accuracy, and attention to detail.


As a member of the RLF team, the Program Manager (Climate) exemplifies RLF’s values:

  • Collaboration – We believe the key to achieving meaningful environmental results and a productive workplace is rooted in humanity—our ability to build effective relationships, listen deeply, respect different perspectives, and elevate new leaders.
  • Equity – We value the insight, energy, and innovation of inclusive decision making. Our work seeks to elevate voices and build power within underrepresented communities to help advance a just and equitable future in which leadership reflects the diversity of the world we live in.
  • Integrity – We are dedicated to our cause, genuine in our approach, and strive to cultivate a foundation of trust within our organization and with our partners. We believe humility and commitment to ongoing learning keeps us effective in our work.
  • Creativity – We embrace a thoughtful, entrepreneurial spirit, seeking innovative ways to solve problems new and old. We are willing to take risks that the times and issues require to achieve lasting results.
  • Excellence – We aspire to high standards of quality in everything we do—from internal operations to strategic program implementation. We are attentive to detail and persevere to deliver results on goals we share with funders, partners, and colleagues.

Compensation and Benefits

Program Manager starting salary range of $85,000 – $105,000. Salary commensurate with related work experience and qualifications. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision insurance, retirement plan, and generous paid time off.

To Apply

Please provide a resume and cover letter explaining how your skills fit this position.

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